The #HEstrike: Twitter reaction

Twitter was awash with picket line updates from the higher education strike - here is a selection

October 31, 2013

It’s 16:30 (GMT), and the strike reaction seems to be changing from present to past tense, as these two tweets show. Seems a good time to bring this live feed to an end. Thanks for reading.



It might be cold in Scotland, but the picket lines are still going strong.


Picket line dog number two! He’s definitely barking the campaign for fur pay.


Protest marches continue across the country - from outside historic Gonville and Caius college, Cambridge…


…to the University of the West of England in Bristol.


And the rally in Sheffield is going strong.



Our reporter Jack Grove is on the scene in Conway Hall, where the London rally is taking place.


Word of the day? Solidarity.


Confrontation at Goldsmiths, University of London, as “proud scab” crosses picket line…



But things seem much calmer in Wales.



It’s Halloween. It’s strike day. It was inevitable that pumpkins would get involved. Creativity on show at Leicester and Essex…




The picket line in Bristol is looking particularly healthy.


Plenty of support online for the marchers…


…including this dog, who wasn’t going to support the campaign until the union collared him.


Darling of the left Owen Jones is supporting the strike…and his mum.


However, there are also some dissenting voices around.


At Sheffield, the march is in full flow.

sheffield march

The UCU is following preparations for its rally in central London.


They’re out in the Midlands…


…and in the North West…


…and at universities across the UK. Solidarity was on show at some picket lines, as other unions stepped in to help out.


The strike has left some students feeling less than sympathetic to the strikers’ cause…


…while others were less concerned about the closure of their university.


Some were simply trying to get on with their own work.


Many university staff tweeted that they would not be getting involved with the industrial action…


…although others were keen to show their support, despite not taking part themselves.


There were pictures that suggested university staff were out in force, like this from Northern Ireland…


…but elsewhere, tweeters reported little disruption.


Others made clear why they were taking action…


…including the various union branches.


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